Billy the Kid Versus Dracula (1966)

“My Lisa is dead — the marks of a vampire on her throat!” Synopsis: A vampire (John Carradine) pretends to be the uncle of a beautiful young woman (Melinda Plowman) engaged to Billy the Kid (Chuck Courtney). Genres: John Carradine Films Mistaken Identities Vampires Westerns Review: Shot in just eight days in Simi Valley — […]

Jesse James Meets Frankenstein’s Daughter (1966)

“I do not trust the Frankensteins: they’re wicked; they’re terrible people. They will destroy you!” Synopsis: Although presumed dead, Jesse James (John Lupton) emerges alive and well in a border town with his buddy Hank (Cal Bolder), who gets shot during an attempted hold-up. With the help of Jesse’s new love interest, Juanita (Estelita Rodriguez), […]

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

“You’re not a senator: you’re an honorary stooge.” Synopsis: A naively idealistic new senator (James Stewart), aided by his cynical secretary (Jean Arthur), must confront an immensely corrupt political “machine” in Washington, run by Edward Arnold and fronted by two-faced Senator Joseph Paine (Claude Rains). Genres: Coming of Age Do-Gooders Edward Arnold Films Falsely Accused […]

Pinocchio (1940)

“Now, remember, Pinocchio: be a good boy — and always let your conscience be your guide.” Synopsis: A wooden puppet (Dickie Jones) hoping to become a real boy relies on the help of his “conscience”, Jiminy Cricket (Cliff Edwards), to prove himself “brave, truthful, and unselfish”. Genres: Animated Features Carnivals and Circuses Coming of Age […]

Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)

“People here are funny: they work so hard at living they forget how to live.” Synopsis: When an eccentric poet (Gary Cooper) inherits a large sum of money from his wealthy uncle, he suddenly finds himself the laughing stock of New York, thanks to a series of articles written by an undercover journalist (Jean Arthur). […]

Meet John Doe (1941)

“If you ask this column, the wrong people are jumping off the roofs.” Synopsis: When a “John Doe” letter concocted by a reporter (Barbara Stanwyck) hits a nerve with the public, her oily newspaper editor (Edward Arnold) decides to hire an out-of-work baseball player (Gary Cooper) to impersonate Doe, with the intention of building a […]

Cuban Rebel Girls (1959)

“When you become a rebel, you give up a lot of things that make a feminine life easier.” Synopsis: A journalist (Errol Flynn) in Cuba during Castro’s revolution narrates the story of two “rebel girls” — including a naive American (Beverly Aadland) searching for her boyfriend (John McKay). Genres: Cuba Errol Flynn Films Revolutionaries Review: […]

Why Worry? (1923)

“You boys will have to stop this fighting — it’s bad for my heart.” Synopsis: A wealthy hypochondriac (Harold Lloyd) and his nurse (Jobyna Ralston) arrive on a supposedly peaceful South American island which has just been taken over by revolutionaries. When Lloyd befriends an imprisoned giant (John Aasen) by helping him get rid of […]

Who’ll Stop the Rain? (1978)

“I’ve been waiting all my life to fuck up like this.” Synopsis: A cynical Vietnam vet (Michael Moriarty) convinces his buddy (Nick Nolte) to smuggle heroin back to his wife (Tuesday Weld) in the United States — but two hitmen (Ray Sharkey and Richard Masur) working for a crooked cop (Anthony Zerbe) are soon on […]

Cafe Express (1980)

“Coffee is the best friend a man ever had.” Synopsis: A one-armed coffee vendor (Nino Manfredi) with a sick teenage son (Giovanni Piscopo) attempts to elude a trio of policemen while illicitly selling coffee on a train. Genres: Cat-and-Mouse Comedy Italian Films Trains and Subways Review: Essentially an extended cat-and-mouse tale, Nanni Loy’s surprisingly touching […]